France

Police called to Paris The Promise riot

By Michel Zlotowski, March 31, 2011

Over 500 people demonstrated in Paris last week against the airing of the The Promise by TV channel Canal+.

Its head office and studios were surrounded by armed riot police.

The demonstration was organised by an ad hoc group, "Confederation of Jews of France and Friends of Israel" (CJFAI). Members of CRIF, the representative body of French Jewry, were also present.

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Caught on film: Captain Dreyfus' final humiliating return

March 31, 2011

It is more than a century since these photographs were taken, but the Dreyfus affair still resonates in France.

Alfred Dreyfus, from a wealthy Jewish family, was a captain in the French army in October 1894 when he was arrested on charges of high treason, accused of leaking military secrets to the Germans.

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Jews, Muslims urge Sarkozy to drop Islam debate

By Jennifer Lipman, March 30, 2011

Jewish leaders in France have joined their Muslim, Christian and Buddhist counterparts to demand that President Nicholas Sarkozy should call off a contentious debate on Islam planned for next week.

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National Front reaches out to Jewish community

By Michel Zlotowski, March 24, 2011

France's extreme-right National Front party is seeking to rebuild its connections to the Jewish community.

The National Front's vice president Louis Aliot said that his party must "reactivate" the "National Circle of Jewish Frenchmen to fight against the discrimination organized by CRIF and some lobbies".

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French radio station forced to withdraw Le Pen invite

By Michel Zlotowski, March 17, 2011

Radio J, a Jewish independent radio station, has infuriated leaders of the community by inviting Marine Le Pen to a political talk show.

Under heavy pressure, the station had to withdraw its invitation to the new leader of the extreme right-wing National Front party.

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Galliano's Jewish lawyer: It could happen to anyone

By Jennifer Lipman, March 9, 2011

John Galliano’s Jewish lawyer has defended the disgraced fashion designer as someone dedicated to “tolerance, openness, love and mutual respect”.

Stephane Zerbib, who has acted as Mr Galliano's legal adviser for seven years, has also represented the family of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit and a group of Israelis accused of spying on Iran.

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Screening a film about the Holocaust in Tehran

By Jennifer Lipman, March 8, 2011

Iranian audiences will have the chance to watch a film about the Holocaust next week thanks to an initiative by a French anti-racism group.

Education about the Nazi atrocities is minimal at best in a country whose president has publicly denied the Holocaust, but from Monday Claude Lanzmann’s 1985 documentary Shoah will be screened on an Iranian satellite channel.

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Toledano at Dior Paris fashion show: 'deeply painful week'

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2011

Christian Dior’s Jewish chief executive Sidney Toledano has described designer John Galliano’s departure over alleged antisemitism as “an exceptional tragedy”.

The Dior show at Paris Fashion Week went ahead but John Galliano’s collection was shown without the presence of the designer who supervised it.

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John Galliano to be prosecuted for alleged racism

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2011

Fashion designer John Galliano is to be prosecuted over his allegedly racist comments in a Paris café.

A spokesman for the Paris Prosecutor's Office said the designer would face trial later this year, after he was caught on video professing his love for Adolf Hitler and making anti-Jewish slurs at female tourists.

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John Galliano sacked by Christian Dior

By Jennifer Lipman, March 1, 2011

Christian Dior has sacked John Galliano in the wake of his antisemitic rants in a Paris café, effective immediately.

Dior’s Jewish chief executive Sidney Toledano described Mr Galliano’s behaviour as “odious".

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